Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage

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Many of us have stereotypes of what "Jewish" looks like?and for many of us that image is white and European. Yet with the blossoming Jewish multiculturalism movement, led by the dynamic Loolwa Khazzoom, the myth of a "monolithic Jewish community" is about to be debunked. Focusing on the experiences of Jewish women of two rich and varied regions, At Home in Exile reveals the hidden worlds of Jewish women often misunderstood or maligned by both the cultures in which they live and the European-Jewish community. ...
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Overview


Many of us have stereotypes of what "Jewish" looks like—and for many of us that image is white and European. Yet with the blossoming Jewish multiculturalism movement, led by the dynamic Loolwa Khazzoom, the myth of a "monolithic Jewish community" is about to be debunked. Focusing on the experiences of Jewish women of two rich and varied regions, At Home in Exile reveals the hidden worlds of Jewish women often misunderstood or maligned by both the cultures in which they live and the European-Jewish community. Stories include one woman and her family’s flight from persecution in Libya, a writer’s exploration of the category "Arab Jew," and a light-skinned, Moroccan-born woman trying to "pass" in order to gain acceptance among European Jews in Tehran.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580050951
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/10/2003
  • Series: Live Girls Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Life and Times of Ruth of the Jungle 1
Feathers and Hair 11
Souvenir from Libya 21
Vashti 39
Benign Ignorance or Persistent Resistance? 47
Breaking the Silence 67
Ashkenazi Eyes 81
A Synagogue of One's Own 101
Beflections of an Arab Jew 115
In Exile at Home 123
Home Is Where You Make It 131
The Search to Belong 141
Illusion in Assimilation 157
How the Camel Found its Wings 173
Secrets 191
We Are Here and This Is Ours 209
Endnotes 233
Glossary 237
Additional Books 245
About the Contributors 247
Acknowledgments 253
About the Editor 255
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